Listen Up: Models and Photographers Teach You How to Take Awesome Profile Pics

Get ready to “like” this story. After all, you may never take a bad Facebook profile pic again.
Having a great profile pic is just about as important as 1) watching well-versed (or not so well-versed) political debates and 2) for me, scoring some cute skirts. And heels. Can’t forget the heels.

I like to think of my profile pic as finally being able undo those awkward grade school pics I had no control over (you know . . . crooked bangs with teeth to match *eye roll*). Finally, I can strike a pose that says, “Damn girl, you are looking–as my grandmother would say–spiffy.” Well, at least I like to think so. However, I admit to being a total cam ham and a perfectionist. Translation: I spend WAY too much time pondering which one of the 25 (or 57) pictures I’ll choose for my Facebook profile pic. And just when I think I’ve found the one, yup, you guessed it. . .there are more bags under my eyes than in a Vera Bradley store.

Sigh. There MUST be an easier way to just get my smile on, post that sucker on Facebook and be done with it. Right?


I reached out to some professional photographers as well as the stunning Shelley Goodstein, Ford model and author of “Face This: Real Advice from Real Models, Photographers and Makeup Artists on How to Become Picture-Perfect” Here are their tips for making sure all your profile pics are 100 percent glam, 100 percent of the time.

Have Yourself a Great Facebook Profile Photo

You’re Not Lindsay Lohan (Amen to That), So Stop Pretending to Be

You're Not Lindsay Lohan

Don’t be like Corey Hart (I offer no apologies for the ‘80s song reference) and wear your sunglasses at night . . . or in your Facebook profile pic. Tommy Mendes, testing photographer for modeling agencies such as Ford, Next and Elite (who’s recently covered backstage fashion shows with the likes of Naomi Campbell and former Victoria’s Secret angel Karolina Kurkova), advises, “DO NOT wear sunglasses unless you’re well-recognized, like Taylor Swift or Madonna.”

Chances are you’re not that famous (yet), so resist the urge to get all incognito on your wannabe celebrity self, no matter how great you look in your wine-colored cocktail dress.
The look can also send the wrong message (listen up, ladies looking for love). Mendes warns that it can be “a cue to single guys that you may be hiding something.”



Jennifer is an award-winning creative writing and communications professional who loves heels (even her flip flops have wedges) and pencil skirts, and has seen her hair through more shades than a Pantone color wheel.

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